Men's Soccer Settles for 2-2 Draw versus IUPUI in Classic

Ivan Stanisavljevic scored UIC's first goal.
Ivan Stanisavljevic scored UIC's first goal.

Sept. 15, 2012

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CHICAGO - Senior Ivan Stanisavljevic and freshman Joel Salmeroncombined to score two goals in a 2:20 span late in the second half, helping the UIC men's soccer team erase a 2-0 deficit and secure a 2-2, double-overtime draw versus IUPUI in the first-round of the UIC Soccer Classic Friday night.

With the draw, UIC moved to 1-4-2 on the season, while IUPUI is 2-5-1. In game one of the Classic, Wisconsin and Western Illinois battled to a 0-0 draw. All four teams in the field have the opportunity to pick up the team title on Sunday's final day of action.

"As a staff and as a team, we were very pleased with how we played in the first half, despite being down 1-0," said head coach Sean Phillips. "IUPUI is known for creating long throw-ins and set pieces, and they executed one very well at the end of the first half. When they scored the second goal, it really put a challenge in front of our players. They obviously responded.  We are not happy with where we are as a team yet, but I saw some semblances of championship fiber and inner strength with these guys tonight."

UIC decisively controlled the run of play, recording a commanding 27-8 advantage in the shots department. The Flames out-shot the Jaguars 12-4 in the first half, 11- 3 in the second stanza and 4-0 in the second overtime session.

Despite UIC's dominating effort, IUPUI entered halftime with a 1-0 lead. Gregory Efiom scored his first goal of the season in the 44th minute (43:32), volleying in a deflected cross from the right side - Sean McGrath and Michael Sass were credited with assists on the play.

The game remained scoreless until the 79th minute of the second half (78:11), when IUPUI leading scorer Kyle Hyland scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Jaguars a 2-0 lead. The ball was deflected in the 18-yard box, and Hyland finished to the low far post, beating UIC goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski.

On an ensuing counter attack, Salmeron was taken down in the box, leading to UIC's first penalty kick of the season. Stanisavljevic converted the freebie, slicing IUPUI's lead in half (2-1) at the 79:35 mark. Less than three minutes later (82:15), Salmeron tallied the equalizer, capitalizing on a cross from junior Josh Beard. It marked the second goal of Salmeron's rookie campaign.

UIC out-shot the Jaguars 4-1 through the two overtime sessions. The Flames also enjoyed a 10-2 advantage on corner kicks during the match. IUPUI's Tyler Drumm was handed a red card in the 81st minute (80:29) - he was forced to sit out the final 29:31.

The UIC Soccer Classic will conclude with a doubleheader at Flames Field on Sunday. Wisconsin will take on IUPUI at 11 a.m., followed by the Flames facing Western Illinois beginning at 2 p.m.